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Armchair travel, anyone? It’s not our preferred method of escape, but it certainly helps to inform and inspire where we might wander off to next. Which is why we love the 24 Best Travelers on Instagram list just out from our friends at Fathom. Well-researched and compelling, it makes us want to follow every one of the travelers… quite literally. 
(Photo by Faisal Al Fouzan @faisalthef) High-res

Armchair travel, anyone? It’s not our preferred method of escape, but it certainly helps to inform and inspire where we might wander off to next. Which is why we love the 24 Best Travelers on Instagram list just out from our friends at Fathom. Well-researched and compelling, it makes us want to follow every one of the travelers… quite literally. 

(Photo by Faisal Al Fouzan @faisalthef)

Escape route: New York Fashion Week

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Get out your biggest sunglasses, because you’re going to fashion week. Or, better yet, leave those shades at home, because we’re hooking you up with stay ‘n’ shop offers from New York City’s hottest hotels and most glamorous designer stores.

So, you can rest your head at the Surrey and spend your afternoon at a styling session at Vince's Madison Avenue shop. Or, downtown, hob-nob with models and designers at Soho House by night and get discounts at Theory and Helmut Lang by day. It’s up to you to snag the fashion week invites, but we’ve got the outfits and accommodations covered.

And even if runways aren’t your style, most of these offers are available until the end of the year. Talk about VIP.

Catching breakers is one of our favourite summer pastimes and, right now, we’re yearning to paddle out with the best of ‘em…. Don’t tell us autumn’s just around the corner – from a local’s haven on the Long Island shore to coastal Pacific hotspots, we know plenty of spots for a late-summer surfing getaway for beginners and experts alike. Pack your gear or rent a board and embrace the surf culture – chill out, work on your golden tan and hang 10.  

The Surf Lodge Montauk, New York 
Past the Hamptons, at the far edge of Long Island, the Surf Lodge capitalizes on its location both for its laid-back, surfer-cool atmosphere, but also to attract surf fanatics – beginners can get some one-on-one time on the waves with resident pro Dustin Franks.

Tower23 San Diego, California
We expect two things to be in a beachfront SoCal hotel’s backyard: unobstructed ocean views and some of the world’s best surfing. Tower23 has both, and the latter includes the San Diego Surfing School, making it incredibly easy to book a lesson and catch a wave. 

The Modern Honolulu, Hawaii 
Considering the myriad surf schools here, it’s hard not to believe everyone in Hawaii surfs. Take your pick between a lesson away from the crowds with Hans Hedemann Surf School or an all-day journey including a jeep ride, hiking, and surfing with Ty Gurney’s Surf School. For an extra adventure, drive down the coast to learn to surf from professional firefighters at the Hawaiian Fire Surf School.

Harmony Hotel Costa Rica  
Surf the swells in Playa Guiones, one of Costa Rica’s most picturesque beaches, which happens to be just outside the hotel’s front door.  The temperate ocean’s long breaks are perfect for newcomers; you’ll have time to set, stand up and ride with the help of the hotel’s expert instructors.

Oxygen Jungle Villas Costa Rica
Not your first rodeo on the waves? More experienced surfers might be familiar with the breakers at Dominical, a renowned Costa Rican surf spot about a half-hour drive from the hotel. Dominical Surf Adventures offers two-hour lessons for all levels, as well as a multi-day surf camp. 

Victoria’s at Wategos Byron Bay, Australia
In surfer town Byron Bay, you’d be hard-pressed not to go surfing. We especially love Victoria’s for its location; you’re steps away from Wategos Beach where the hotel can arrange private lessons and after a grueling day in the water the luxe accommodations will be calling your name.

by Jennifer Trattler

It’s no secret that we have a thing for hotel pools, so what better way to celebrate summer here at our New York office than with a fête at one of our most glamorous NYC hotel pools?

We staked out a waterside spot on the loungers at McCarren Hotel's popular pool – open to guests for free and sun-seeking Williamsburg locals for a fee – and ordered up plenty of bottles of rosé, platters of ice cream sandwiches and bowls of guacamole. And, of course, we took a dip or two in the warm saltwater.

Bronzed and pleasantly sun-tired, we then headed up to the penthouse for some prime Manhattan skyline views – and some burgers and beers as we watched the sunset.

A perfect New York summer day, if we do say so ourselves.

Where can one go for an expertly mixed Manhattan? Look up – 29 stories up – high above the city to The Roof at the Viceroy New York hotel. A discerning critic from the New Yorker agreed the take on the iconic cocktail (their version: a blend of bourbon, vermouth and brandied cherries) at this sleek indoor/outdoor drinks den is worth seeking out. And those Midtown and Central Park views aren’t so bad, either… High-res

Where can one go for an expertly mixed Manhattan? Look up – 29 stories up – high above the city to The Roof at the Viceroy New York hotel. A discerning critic from the New Yorker agreed the take on the iconic cocktail (their version: a blend of bourbon, vermouth and brandied cherries) at this sleek indoor/outdoor drinks den is worth seeking out. And those Midtown and Central Park views aren’t so bad, either…

Behind one of our most stylish (and sexy) hotels, Coqui Coqui Tulum, are – not surprisingly – equally stylish owners. Oh, and they also have a knack for creating gorgeous perfumes, too.

One half of the lovely duo responsible for this romantic retreat, Francesca Bonato, recently chatted with Into the Gloss about love at first sight, signature scents and the secrets of her beauty routine. We’re taking notes…